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COVID-19 Updates

This is obviously a rapidly changing and unpredictable situation, so please check back regularly for updates.

Help with Food Insecurity

If you are concerned about food insecurity during the time schools are closed, District 12 will be providing free "grab and go" breakfast and lunch for all kids under 18 years of age beginning March 30, 2020.  Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday (means for the weekend will be distributed on Friday) from 11:00 - 12:30 at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School. 

Continuity of Learning

In the event that a school closure is indicated, plans for continuity of learning will be influenced by the duration of the closure.  

  1. In the event of a short-term closure (a few days), we will treat the closure much like a closure due to weather and we will return to normal instruction upon the school reopening.
  2. In the event of an extended closure, we will shift our focus to providing resources to keep students engaged math and literacy in grades K-6 and on core subject areas of English, math, social studies, science, and world language at the junior high and high school levels. The remote learning opportunities we will be able to provide for all students will only be a fraction of what we can provide in the regular school setting, and are not intended to be a replacement for typical instructional opportunities provided for students in their classrooms. 
  • We will utilize our existing digital learning resources (ALEKS, Redbird, Pearson, McGraw-Hill) in grades K-6.
  • We will utilize Google Classroom and existing student accounts (D-12 email addresses) to engage students in grades 7-12.

Information regarding access to these materials and platforms will be communicated to parents (and students if age appropriate) via email if an extended closure materializes.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The District maintains an effective practice of routine cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in our schools, particularly concentrating on high contact areas like lunch tables, doorknobs, drinking fountains, locker rooms and bathrooms, but has implemented more intensive protocols to address concerns regarding COVID-19. 

Click here to review the district's guidance to building managers regarding disinfecting protocols.

In addition to the protocols implemented by our custodial and maintenance staff, disinfecting wipes and sprays are available to teachers for routine use in their classrooms, and to bus drivers so seats can be disinfected between routes or trips.

Travel

As of March 12, 2020, travel restrictions will be put into effect immediately for school organized student trips and staff professional travel.  Until further notice, all school organized and or sponsored travel outside of Colorado is  prohibited. Review Dr. Cooper's directive on school travel.

Further information can be found on the "Travel and Spring Break" page at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

School Closure Extended by order of Gov. Polis

Governor Polis announced on March 18 that students will remain out of school until at least April 17.  Read the Governor's announcement here.

The District 12 Administration Office is now closed to the public.  We encourage parents, patrons, staff, and others to contact D-12 administration officials via email.  A complete directory of district administrators and email links is provided here. 

Board of Education Meetings

The Board of Education will meet remotely for work sessions and regular meetings beginning March 30, 2020.  For more information on Board meetings please visit the Board's web page.

District Activities

Updates on district-wide activities or activities that involve multiple buildings will be posted here.  Changes to activities that are school-specific will be communicated to parents, and students when appropriate,  via building principals.

  • All high school and junior high spring sports (practices and competitions) are suspended until April 18 by order of the CHSAA Commissioner. Elementary after school intramurals are also cancelled.
  • The district-wide 5th Grade Revolutionary War Reenactment program has been cancelled.
  • The Tradition of Excellence Foundation auction scheduled for April 4 has been cancelled.

 

 

General Information

As has been widely reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person in a manner similar to viruses that cause the common cold and flu.  As such, the CDC continues to stress the importance of everyday preventive actions to help against the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • Stay home when you are sick 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

Please remind your children to practice the actions listed above, and set a good example by modeling them yourself.

As is the case with any illness, the District requests that parents keep all children home who are demonstrating signs of illness as outlined in the Colorado Department of Public Health publication “ How Sick is Too Sick?”

Student Absences

In the event that parents deem their children should not come to school due to personal or family issues related to COVID-19, all absences will be noted as excused and no doctor's note will be required.  The continuity of learning protocols detailed above will be made available to students to the greatest degree possible; however, teachers may be significantly delayed or limited on work that can be provided at home.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child's principal regarding COVID-19 related absences and continuity of learning options.

Parents who are interested in the long term option of homeschooling, in lieu of public education, are encouraged to contact Assistant Superintendent John Fogarty.